Things to Do: January 1-7, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of January 1-7, 2018:

  • First Day Hikes – January 1
  • Richland Rollarena Fundraiser – January 1
  • Presentation: Fishing Alaska – January 2
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Program – Applications due January 2
  • NW ArenaCross Nationals – January 5 & 6, Flat Track Racing – January 7
  • Community Resource Forum – January 6
  • Bells of the Desert in Concert – January 6
  • Beer Choir – January 6
  • Brides 2018 – January 7
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

First Day Hikes – January 1

Start the new year off with a healthy hike. The 32 Washington state parks are offering free guided hikes, snowshoe trips and fat-tire bike rides in January.

New Year’s Day also is a free day that doesn’t require a Discover Pass for parking at any state park, although Sno-Park permits are still required at designated Sno-Parks.

Here are some events that are taking place in or near the Tri-Cities on New Year’s Day:

  • Badger Mountain Hike with IMAC
  • Tapteal Greenway Hike in Richland
  • Columbia Plateau Trail near Ice Harbor Dam
  • Palouse Falls State Park
  • Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park, near Coulee City

Read more from Paul Krupin in his Tri-City Herald article:

Richland Rollarena Fundraiser – January 1

Rollarena Skating Center, Stevens Dr. in Richland
From Noon – 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 per person and includes regular skate rentals

The Rollerena is having a fundraiser to help My Friends Place (homeless teens shelter in Kennewick). All proceeds from skate rentals and concessions sales will be donated to the shelter.

Presentation: Fishing Alaska – January 2

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

At the Richland Rod & Gun Club’s monthly meeting Pat Hallett and Leon Kollman will discuss “Fishing Alaska.” Pat and Leon were the club’s 2017 Quality Trip Winner.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program – Applications due January 2

The purpose of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners (MG’s) provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.

Today’s Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to:
– manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner;
– address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection;
– reduce the impact of invasive species; and,
– increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.

MG’s also enhance communities through demonstration gardens and donation of produce to local food banks. Low-income citizens learn to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient with the help of Master Gardeners. Whatever the priority need may be, if it can be addressed through gardening, WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers are there to serve as part of the solution.

Here in Benton and Franklin counties, our Master Gardener volunteers are trained to solve gardening problems and provide WSU approved research-based advice to the public. Our volunteers staff regularly scheduled plant problem diagnostic clinics in several locations during the gardening season, helping people learn to manage their landscapes and gardens more more effectively with environmentally sound gardening practices.

How to Become a Benton-Franklin Master Gardener:
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.

In Benton and Franklin Counties, training is held annually during the winter and early spring starting in mid-January. For 2018, applications are due by January 2, 2018, with classes to begin January 23rd, 2018. Classes are three hours in length and are usually on Tuesday afternoons from late January until the first week of May. Forty to fifty new volunteers typically apply to participate in the program each year.

The Master Gardener core curriculum includes modules in:
– basic botany and horticulture
– soil and garden management
– principles of pest management
– landscape plant management
– integrated pest management & pesticide safety
– entomology
– herbaceous plants
– plant pathology
– principles of weed management
– tree fruit and small fruit production
– vegetable garden production
– home lawn management
– sustainable gardening practices
– insect identification and plant problem diagnosis
Program Contact: Master Gardener Office, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102 in Kennewick – (509) 735-3551
Info & Application:

NW ArenaCross Nationals – January 5 & 6, Flat Track Racing – January 7

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday & Saturday: doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: doors open at 11 a.m., show starts at Noon
Advance Pricing:
General Admission Adult 13+: $19
General Admission Child 4-12: $14
Reserved Seating All Ages: $21

Day Of Pricing:
General Admission Adult 13+: $21
General Admission Child 4-12: $16
Reserved Seating All Ages: $23

Friday and Saturday Night: top Motocross Pro’s and Amateurs race for the win. Freestyle Motocross performances each night with Nick Dunne and James Carter. Sunday: Flat track racing for Bikes, Quads, Karts, 1/4 Midgets.

Community Resource Forum – January 6

The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free to attend but must register which begins at 8:30 a.m.

Join this free, conference-style event aimed to provide tools for the ups and downs that life brings.
– Free staffed Kids Area on site for childcare
– Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch
– Food Boxes available for the first 150 families who would benefit from them

Along with two main sessions, breakout choices include:
– Financial Peace Finding financial freedom through budgets, debt control, and planning
– Genesis Coping mechanism and addiction recovery program
– Rooted Discovering God’s plan and purpose for your life
– Parenting Teens Gaining perspective and understanding for parenting through the teenage years
– Marriage at Its Best Equipping marriages for a healthier and deeper relationship
– DivorceCare Experiencing support through the realities of separation and divorce

Bells of the Desert in Concert – January 6

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 suggested donation, K-12 free

The Bells of the Desert will be performing their annual Holiday Handbell Concert for those who missed their concert on December 9.

Beer Choir – January 6

White Bluffs Brewing, 2034 Logston Blvd. in Richland
From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to participate, beer and food available for purchase

Sing! Drink Beer! Celebrate the new year!

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like.

Tom & Paul’s Food Truck will be located on their outside patio providing Burgers/Fries/Nachos/Sandwiches/Salads.

Beer Choir is Free and open to the public. No auditions or experience necessary. Don’t dress up, unless that’s how you roll.

Brides 2018 – January 7

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Fashion Shows at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (online) for general admission or $15 at Just Roses Flowers and More in Kennewick

Brides 2018 is the Mid Columbia Region’s premier bridal event with dozens of local wedding experts available all at one time to help you carefully plan your special day.
Info & Tickets:

Nightlife Music

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase
Note: fee increase for adults…

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.Info: and

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

  • January 5: TBD at 7 p.m. and TBD at 8 p.m.
  • January 6: TBD at 2 p.m. and TBD at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

LIGO Public Tours

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.

Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility.  Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

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